Sync Folders Outside of My DropBox to Dropbox

Dropbox is an excellent file sync software that offers upto 2GB free storage. However, Dropbox limits you to sync files only in My Dropbox folder. However, you cannot beat Dropbox for the fast superior seamless syncing it offers.

I use Windows Live Writer extensively for my blogging and I wanted my drafts folder to be in sync with all the computers I used with Dropbox. Only one problem, My Weblog Posts resides outside My Dropbox folder. Creating a regular shortcut in Windows just doesn’t cut it.

Although I use Windows Live Writer as an illustration, you can apply this trick to any folder you have outside My DropBox folder.

You can do this in a few different ways depending on your OS.

Use Junction (works with Windows 2000 & higher)

junction “C:\Documents and Settings\User\My Documents\My Dropbox\My Weblog Posts” “C:\Documents and Settings\User\My Documents\My Weblog Posts”

Use mklink (comes with Windows 7, Vista & Server 2008)

mklink /D “C:\Users\Kar\Documents\Dropbox\My Weblog Posts” “C:\Users\Kar\Documents\My Weblog Posts”


Use LinkShellExtension (a GUI utility)

Whatever method you end up using, you are basically creating a special shortcut in the My Dropbox folder to the folder you want to sync.

This will let you sync any file or folder outside of the My Dropbox folder to Dropbox.

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Happy syncing!

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One Response to “Sync Folders Outside of My DropBox to Dropbox”

  1. Japzone November 24, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Linux OSs have this built in as well.

    In Terminal type:
    ln -s “[folder location]” “[dropbox folder location+folder name]”

    Also some Linux Window Managers like Ubuntu’s have a “Make Link” command when Right-Clicking on a File/Folder. Clicking this will make a Link that you can then just Cut&Paste into the Dropbox Folder.